Ferrari is a name that needs no introduction in the world of supercars. The Italian auto maker has had a great deal of success with its line speed demons. One car that Ferrari does not have tales to boast about is its grand touring sports beauty, California. The famed Italian super car manufacturer has had moderate success with the California line.
To ensure that the California series earns a strong presence in the sports car market of the future, Ferrari has displayed a refreshed 2013 California at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This hard top convertible is powered with 4.3 liter V8 engine that delivers 490 hp.
Extensive use of ultra light aluminum along with cutting edge fabrication and construction has ensured the 2013 Ferrari is 70 pounds lighter than last year’s model. There’s an optional handling package that offers stiffer springs, dampers, and extremely fast steering ratio. Ferrari is also offering a wider choice of colors and customized two-tone finish.
Geneva debut for lighter, more powerful Ferrari California with new “handling speciale” package
Maranello, 15 February – The Geneva Motor Show will see the official debut of the new version of the Ferrari California, production of which has already commenced, with a reduction of weight of 30 kg and an increase in power output of 30 CV.
The Ferrari California’s GDI V8 now delivers 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm, thanks to new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s generous rev range.
Cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of the Ferrari California’s chassis, have led to an overall reduction of 30 kg in the car’s weight without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity and performance.
These enhancements have improved the Ferrari’s California’s performance, reducing its 0-100 km/acceleration time to 3.8 seconds. This heightens its sporty feel without detracting from the mission and character of a car that has won universal acclaim for its performance and exceptional versatility resulting from its retractable hard top and 2+ seating. To meet the needs of clients desiring a more dynamic, yet not overly extreme, driving experience, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed which encompasses modifications to the suspension set-up that minimise body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs.
The Handling Speciale package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software. The package also features stiffer springs for more precise body control combined with a comfortable ride. Lastly, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.
All these new features combine to underscore the California’s sporty prowess without affecting its high-performance grand touring vocation – an achievement very much in line with Ferrari’s DNA.
The technical features are matched by a new, even more extensive choice of colours developed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes which increase the exclusive personalisation possibilities even further. In addition, the Ferrari California benefits from the free seven-year standard maintenance programme.
The availability of the lighter and more powerful vehicle, along with the optional Handling Speciale package, varies according to each market with first deliveries scheduled for Europe.